Spanish curriculum compacting
A compacting of the Spanish curriculum to be taught in the US and Canada was introduced in 2017 by the US Department of Education, Education Department spokesman Dan Pfeiffer told ESPN.
The compacting was announced at the US Senate during a hearing about the implementation of the Better Business Bureau’s American Promise certification program.
The bureau requires schools to certify their students are qualified to receive financial aid through the Federal Stafford Loan Program, or FPL.
The FPL was established to assist students struggling with the high cost of college, but its impact on student achievement is uncertain.
While the FPL provides financial aid for most students in need, some families may not qualify for the loan.
The federal government created a pilot program for the compacting in 2018, allowing schools to set their own rules for preparing students for the new standard.
The American Promise Program provides aid to low-income students who qualify, but is not tied to the FSL.
Schools have been required to adopt the compact at least five years in advance of a new standard being adopted by the Federal Education Department.
The government’s compacting initiative is the first step in a long process that will involve many elements.
Pfeffer said the Department of Justice will be looking for input from states and school districts.
Schools must have their own curriculum, the Department said.
Schools are expected to use the federal standards that the FBI has used for years to determine the content of the curriculum.
“We have worked hard to ensure that the American Promise curriculum reflects current best practices, and we hope the American public will help shape that curriculum,” Pfeffer said.